HEALTHY RURAL & REMOTE COMMUNITIES

Health equality starts with communities

Every week, 150 rural, remote and Indigenous men, women and children in Australia die unnecessarily from avoidable illnesses and health conditions.

Torrens University, Primary Health Information Development Unit, Social Health Atlas (Remoteness) Deaths from all avoidable causes, persons aged 0 to 74 years

HELPING COMMUNITIES BUILD SUSTAINABLE LOCAL GP SERVICES

* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019) Rural and Remote Health 

THE RATE OF PEOPLE REPORTING THE LACK OF A LOCAL GP AS A BARRIER TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE IS 6 TIMES HIGHER IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES, AND 2.5 TIMES HIGHER IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, COMPARED TO THE CITIES.*

RARMS pioneered the implementation of the 'easy entry, gracious exit' model developed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network to address the shortage of doctors in rural areas.  Within 2 years of opening its first RARMS Health clinics, RARMS tripled the number of GPs, increased the number of patient services by more than 69% and reduced the number of people attending hospital by 80%.

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SUPPORTING OUR RURAL GPs & HEALTH SERVICES

ONE OF THE KEY BARRIERS TO WORKING IN RURAL PRACTICE INCLUDES A PERCEIVED LACK OF WORK/LIFE BALANCE.

To address this challenge, RAMS established the Remote GP Service through our Medical Workforce & Telehealth Services Group to provide hospitals, aged care facilities, Primary Health Networks, NDIS providers and medical practices with comprehensive workforce and patient services to support patient-centred care and practitioner work/life balance.  This includes permanent doctor recruitment, locum suppot and telehealth GP services.

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ADVOCATING FOR RURAL HEALTH

* Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019) Rural and Remote Health 

THE FATAL BURDEN OF DISEASE (THAT IS, YEARS OF LIFE LOST DUE TO PREMATURE DEATH) IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES IS 1.7 TIMES THAT OF MAJOR CITIES.*

Living and working in rural, remote and Indigenous communities provides RARMS with a unique insight and understanding of the needs of rural communities, and the programs and policies that are most effective in improving rural health services and outcomes.

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HELPING COMMUNITIES DEVELOP PLACE-BASED PLANS

ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY ARE BORN, RAISED, LIVE, WORK AND PLAY, ARE AT THE HEART OF DELIVERING PEOPLE-CENTRED AND INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICES".*

RARMS was formed through a partnership between local rural, remote and Indigenous communities, and local GPs and health providers, by the NSW Rural Doctors Network to identify health needs and develop place-based solutions to complex rural and remote health care challenges.

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DELIVERING RESULTS WITH OUR COMMUNITIES

Dr Clem Gordon and Dr Diane Coote celebrated 30 years of rural and remote practice at RARMS Warialda in December 2019.  

OVER TWENTY YEARS, RARMS HAS PROVEN THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO GROW LOCAL RURAL PRACTICE AND ATTRACT GPs AND HIGH QUALITY NURSING AND PRACTICE STAFF TO RURAL AND REMOTE COMMUNITIES.

RARMS IS PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS

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Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd was formed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to address the chronic shortage of doctors in rural and remote NSW.  Using the 'Easy Entry, Gracious Exit' model developed by RDN, RARMS has grown to support ten of NSW's most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to attract and retain GPs over the last 20 years.  Now an independent charity, RARMS acknowledges the work and dedication of RDN and its officers and staff in helping to establish Australia's most successful rural and remote medical workforce solution.

Our Clinics are independently accredited by external medical experts so our communities can be confident in our care.

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RARMS is a registered not-for-profit charity and every dollar we receive goes to improving the health and sustainability of rural and remote communities.

RARMS delivers more than 20,000 medical consultations every year, keeping our communities healthy and safe.

We pay our respects to all First Nation elders past, present and future from the lands where RARMS works.  RARMS  acknowledges the Awabakal people in Newcastle, the Wiradjuri, Ngemba and Kamilaroi people in Western NSW, the Hunter and New England, the Ngunnawal and Yuin people in Braidwood, and the Barkindji and Wilyakali people in far west NSW who are the traditional custodians of the land on which RARMS works.

Contact

Suite 2, 53 Cleary Street,

Hamilton NSW 2303

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Tel: 02 4062 8900

Email: info@rarms.org.au

ABN: 29 097 201 020

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